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Filling The VoIP

VoIP deployment is on the rise.

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Getting Vocal?
Sage Research asked companies with fewer than 500 employees: Haveyou implemented VoIP products/services?

Voice-over-IP (VoIP) is making major inroads intocorporate . According to a recent survey published by SageResearch Inc., over half of organizations with more than 500employees and almost half of smaller businesses have or will deployVoIP products or services by September 2001. Over the six monthsending last October, VoIP usage in big organizations jumped from 5to 19 percent, while it grew from 7 to 13 percent in smallercompanies.

Yet many of these implementations are somewhat experimental innature. "Two of the most-cited perceived benefits of VoIP arelong-distance savings and capital-cost savings," says Sageproject manager Jared Huizenga. "Yet this remains to be seen.Many organizations are deploying VoIP gradually to see if, in fact,this is the case."

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